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Old 08-23-2007, 06:55 PM   #16
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Originally posted by lazarus
I still have to check this out. I've already read two reviews that weren't overly impressed, however.
Yeah, most of the reaction has been both lukewarm and typically rock-crit; in other words, it's horribly written garbage (even if the review is positive, this still applies, as was the case in the explosively complimentary PopMatters review).

Basically, the bulk of negative/middle-of-the-road reviews I've read seem to share a similar thesis, once you remove all the clutter: Challengers doesn't sound like most New Pornographers songs, so it's therefore not as good. Ugh. I mean, dislike the album if you so desire, but at least have a reason for doing so, you know? It's miserable. If it's so terrible for the band not to sound exactly like itself, then why the shit was everybody losing his/her shit over Slow Wonder, a couple years back? Idiots...!!!

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